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Forres-based team runs more than 150 miles in aid of Moray Hydropool and MND Scotland


By Garry McCartney

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A montage of the participants' efforts.
A montage of the participants' efforts.

A TEAM of local heroes ran more than 167 miles in 24 hours to raise money for two worthy causes.

Stewart 'Fraz' Fraser (46) and 23 family members, friends and colleagues at Forres and Rothes Fire Stations did a continuous sponsored run for an hour each from 6pm on Friday, July 24 to raise money for Moray Hydrotherapy Pool and MND Scotland.

Organiser Fraz, a civil servant at RAF Lossiemouth and retained fireman of two years, managed 10.9km around Benromach Distillery from midnight to 1am.

He said: "I enjoyed it - everyone did, despite the weather! It was raining and pitch black so I used a head torch. My legs were sore for a few days but it was worth it. My wife Fiona also walked 4.7km despite a spinal injury!"

All segments were recorded on running app Strava for the final tally and as evidence.

Lindsay Grant ran furthest - 13.6km from Mannacie around Benromach.

Forres Harrier Susan McRitchie did 13.1km around Dallas Dhu, Mundole and Broom of Moy.

Fraz said: "Fellow firefighter John Falconer was the last runner out at 5am - he got close to 11.9km. It wasn't just Forres folk though, Darren Strong from Elgin took part and boys from Rothes Fire Station.

He added: "While some of the guys were resting after their runs, they got a call-out to Nairn and had to jump into a fire engine!"

Fraz hopes to raise as much as possible for his chosen charities Moray Hydrotherapy Pool and MND Scotland.

"Family and friends including my wife have used the hydropool to assist their recovery," said Fraz. "A few guys at the station have also had family members experience MND so these are ideal charities for us to help out."

So far, more than £1765 has been raised in sponsorship at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stewart-fraser-2?utm_term=Vy73kRxPe



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